Set to play his first game at the ground he grew up at in 2015, Leichhardt Oval, Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks has opened up on his form to start the year, saying that he still feels there’s plenty of improvements that come in his game.
The 2014 Dally M Rookie of the Year has picked up two tries and four try-assists in six games to give Wests Tigers a 3-3 start to 2015, but the 20-year-old isn’t content with his performances so far and is pushing for bigger and better things this week.
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“I’ve been pretty happy with some of my performances so far this year, but I know I definitely haven’t been playing my best footy yet,” Brooks admitted.
“That’s something that I want to get to — consistently hitting my best every week.”
“There were a few areas in last week’s game that as a team we probably could have done better in, but there’s still lots of improvement across the board which is pleasing.
“We’re playing good footy in patches, but that’s something that we’ve got to work on.
“We’ve spoken a lot about consistency this week and ensuring we don’t drop off at all.
“The goal is to play that full 80-minute performance that we probably have only delivered in one other game this year, so if we can do that, we’ll be much stronger.”
Brooks, who led the league in missed tackles last year, said he was pleased with the improvements that Head Coach Jason Taylor has made in his and the team’s defensive game, but said he was keen to improve his attacking cohesion with the likes of Mitchell Moses, James Tedesco and Curtis Sironen even further this season.
“For me, there’s improvements to be made all over the park,” he said.
“I’ve been pretty happy with my defence up until last week — that wasn’t my best defensive game — and that’s something I’ve got to work on this week.
“In attack, it’s more just getting our combinations right and timing right.
“The structures are in place, but I think a lot of our timing has been a little bit off, and that’s sometimes the difference between a play or a move working and it falling apart.
“That’s something I’m looking to improve on this week and hopefully it helps us out.”
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